In 2015, the Department of Agriculture listed as many as 3.9 million citizen children to be living with noncitizen parents, many of them living on government assistance. Thanks to President Trump’s stance on illegal immigrants, the number of non-citizens who receive food stamps or WIC (Women Infants and Children) is dropping significantly.
It’s a sad state that some of these children may go hungry at night, but the fact of the matter is that the United States cannot continue to support those who come to this country with no skills, education and in many cases, motivation to go to work. Contrary to what some immigrants may believe, milk and honey does not flow through our streets.
So, what are these immigrants doing now? They are either working better jobs, more jobs, or looking to other social programs that may not report all the details to the government.
The issue is that children who were born here are automatically citizens, so they do qualify for assistance, depending on the financial situation of their caregivers. But these caregivers now know that President Trump is cracking down on illegal immigrants and the burden they place on American taxpayers. In order to qualify for assistance, the caregiver has to provide all their personal and financial information, some of which may reveal that they are here illegally. In order to avoid deportation, many of these individuals have opted to find other ways to meet their needs.
The liberals may be screaming that the United States is trying to starve children, but let’s not forget one very important thing: no one forced these immigrants to come here. Certainly, no one forced them to be devoid of skills or unwilling to find jobs. The real problem is that often, those who opt for government assistance begin to instill a pattern of ideas in the minds of their children. That pattern involves using as many government programs as possible, as opposed to going to work or trying to better oneself.
If you came here for a better life, using assistance to get it isn’t the road you should be on. And, Americans are tired of jumping through all the hoops it takes to get and maintain a decent job while watching our country become overrun by those who simply refuse to try at all. If you need assistance for a temporary lull in finances, that’s what it’s there for. However, coming into a new country and turning temporary assistance into a lifestyle is sort of like parking on your new friend’s couch without paying rent or helping out at all. Soon enough, assistance becomes enabling that can last for generations.
No American wants to see a child go hungry, and thankfully, there are other resources that don’t involve the government. But, at the end of the day, no American is going to feel bad about the idea that a cycle which could have lasted for generations is stopped in its tracks because of stronger immigration policies.